Things have been crazy for me these last few months. I have not had time to maintain my website like I should due to producing an awards show in Las Vegas, graduating, and turning 21, but now that things are winding down, prepare for a Beanies & Weenies like you've never seen before.
This past semester was rough. I was taking 17 credit hours worth of classes and working as an editor at ECU's student newspaper. On top of that, I was part of a specially chosen group of students who flew to Las Vegas at the end of April to attend the National Association of Broadcasters convention and produce the Best of Festival awards show for the Broadcast Educators Association. I have been a busy bee since February!
Now that graduation is over and my birthday has passed (I finally turned 21!), I plan on dedicating a lot more time into Beanies & Weenies and my freelance services. For starters, I plan on updating this website and posting many more blog posts with cool patterns and tutorials. I also plan crochet a giant inventory of goodies for Etsy, local markets, and maybe, just maybe, a few giveaways (shhhhh!).
Anyway, that was my quick update. Check back later this week for what could be a fun crochet pattern or interesting DIY. I haven't decided yet.
Until then, check out these pictures to see what I've been up to for the last 3 months!
Besides a Christmas Tree, one decoration that always screams "Christmas" to me is a Christmas wreath. There's just something about the red and green colors and the wiff of Christmas tree when you open the door that makes you feel right at home.
With only 6 days until Christmas, everyone is bustling around buying last minutes gifts (or all your gifts if you're like me), prepping for all the cooking and baking taking place in the next week, and tidying up for all the visitors that will be in and out of houses between now and Christmas.
Fall is officially upon us! That means it’s time to break out the pumpkin spice and thick, cozy scarves. Most importantly, it means breaking out the fall decorations! This time of year is my favorite time to work on DIY fall home décor projects. All the reds, oranges, and yellows fill me with so much inspiration that I find it hard to create everything that I want to.
First up on my fall DIY list was a new fall wreath to decorate the door of my apartment. Naturally, I reached for reds, oranges, yellows, and some earthy tones and included plenty of fall leaves.
Having just moved in my first apartment, I felt the need to create a DIY wreath to spruce up my plain front door for summer. DIY projects are a great way to pass the time during the summer. They keep you busy and creative. Making a summer wreath seems daunting, but it is actually quite simple to make your own wreath once you know what to use.
When it came to making a summer wreath, I was inspired by all of the greenery surrounding my apartment. I'm lucky to enough to live in an apartment with a pretty forest view from my patio and wanted to reflect that in my summer wreath. And don't forget all the beautiful blooming flowers that you can include in your DIY wreath.
This DIY Succulent Desk Decor really brightened up my desk just in time for Spring. With Spring just around the corner, the need to work on pretty DIY projects has been strong in me. I have so many crafts queued up on Pinterest.... there's no way I'll get to them all. Ever. But you know I'm going to try. Creating things make me feel accomplished and I really need that feeling as I am entering the last month of school.
I'm kicking off my DIY Christmas Season with this cute tabletop Christmas tree. The best part about this DIY decor is that I made it with items from the dollar store and things I had lying around the house! This tabletop Christmas tree is super cute and super simple to put together. Once you're done, you'll have a brand new centerpiece for your Christmas table!
Thanksgiving is a day away. Time has flown by this year and if you're anything like me, you keep running out of time to do things. With Thanksgiving so close, everyone is ready for a break. Why not take the time to create a fast, simple DIY banner to dress up your dining room just in time for that turkey dinner? This banner only costs $5 to make and takes up only an hour of your time.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, I put together a beautiful DIY Fall wreath using items for Wal-Mart, Dollar Tree, and my yard. Altogether, this easy fall wreath only costed $5 to make.
As the nights get colder, I find myself wrapping up in more and more blankets. I wish I had a fireplace in my room that I could curl up next to and fall asleep to the crackling embers but, alas, my house was not built that way. So, I have found a way to make do with this DIY indoor bonfire.
As I put all the Halloween decorations away and began to get the supplies for my Thanksgiving crafts, I took a moment to photograph the things I made this Halloween season. I had a few busy weeks around Halloween, but I managed to crank out a few DIY crafts. I got most of my inspiration from Youtube videos and Pinterest. I made two matching scary face candle holders, a small "boo" throw pillow, and a small "spooky" plaque.
I did the two scary face candle holders first. For those, all I needed to buy was two plain glass candle holders from the dollar store and some chalkboard paint. I made the outline of the face on yellow tissue paper and I used a glue stick to stick on the candle holders. From there, I used my handy dandy hot glue gun to outline the eyes, mouth, teeth and rim of the candle holders. I made sure that the glue had lumpy spots, like melting wax. I also created little droplets all the way around the candle holders. I proceeded to paint the candle holders with chalkboard paint. It took all night to dry. After, I brushed chalk around the places I had used the hot glue to make it look older.
For the "boo" pillow case, I ended up going down the more complicated route. I cut black fabric in the shape that I wanted and proceeded to use embroidery thread to stitch the "boo" and sew up the left and bottom sides. I then stuffed it myself and finished stitching the last side. It took way longer than I wanted it to. To make it easier, you could take an already made black pillow case and pillow in the size you want and stitch the "boo" into that.
Lastly, for the "spooky" plaque, all I bought was a small plaque from Michael's. I painted the whole thing black and wrote the "spooky" out in pencil. I tried to get a calligraphy effect by using a toothpick dipped in white paint, but using a paint pen would have been just as effective. For a finished 3D touch, I outlined the edges of the plaque.
And there you have it! Those were my (somewhat) quick DIY Halloween decorations for this year. Now that Halloween's over, I can't wait to get started on all of the DIY Christmas decor I have planned!
Check out my Pinterest to see what's inspiring me for the holidays!
I'm Jennifer, a 21 year-old crochet, DIY, and marketing enthusiast who loves sharing my projects and travel and lifestyle posts with the world. I also help people start their own blogging journey through my business, JHB Communications.
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